Review of Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

I was so excited to win this book on a Goodreads giveaway because I seriously never win ANYTHING. And it was definitely by fate that when I finally won something, it was this book. This is one of my favorites this year.

Skyscraping is a novel in verse and each page is so beautifully written they could all be displayed individually for people to read and admire. This is the story of Mira, a high school senior living in New York and trying to make it through her senior year. She finds out quickly on that her entire family is a lie–her parents aren’t who she thought they were, and her dad has an even worse secret, he’s HIV positive.

My heart broke while reading this novel but I wasn’t able to put it down. The story perfectly describes what it’s like to be going through something traumatic while trying to deal with high school and your family. I especially loved the characters in Mira’s family, each one an individual who’s just trying to get through what life throws at them. Her experiences were real and captivating and it was easy to slip into Mira’s shoes and feel her journey with her. I love that it was set in the 90s and brought me back to that time. This is a book that requires a box of tissues nearby.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for fans of beautifully written, powerful stories.

FIVE STARS.

Find SKYSCRAPING on Goodreads.